Lalya Gaye
Since 2002
Works in Newcastle upon Tyne United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Born in 1978 in Geneva, Switzerland, Lalya Gaye is a Swedish and Senegalese-Malian digital media artist and interaction design researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. At the convergence of art, technology, and design, her work explores the poetic integration of digital technology into everyday environments, behaviours, urban space and everyday artefacts, in order to grasp and revisit our physical and emotional relations to the everyday, to space and to distance. She builds public art installations with various media such as steel, light and sound, takes part in site-specific audio experiments, teaches digital media and interaction design at graduate level, delivers creative electronics workshops, and regularly organizes cross-disciplinary research workshops and small music and sound-art festivals.

Lalya received a B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Geneva, a M.Sc.Eng. in Electroacoustics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, worked several years at the Future Applications Lab, Viktoria Institute, worked on a PhD in Applied Information Technology at the University of Göteborg, and taught at the Interaction Design programme at Chalmers Technical University. In 2009, she was a Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence at the Digital + Media department at Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, USA), before joining Culture Lab Newcastle in the UK in 2010, where she worked for 3 years. In 2013, she was a Digital City Innovation fellow at Teesside University. She is now running Attaya Projects, a Newcastle-based company that functions as a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations in digital media arts. She is also a founding member of the Swedish art group Dånk! Collective from Göteborg, Sweden and was a steering committee member of the International Mobile Music Workshops series.
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Open Call for Participation - Thinking Digital Arts // Hack

Thu Feb 20, 2014 23:59

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Tuesday 20th May 2014: Workshop 9am - 5pm - Exhibition 6pm - 8pm
NewBridge Project and Makerspace, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Application deadline: Thursday 20th February 2014, 23.59 GMT

On Tuesday 20th May, 24 artists, designers and hackers will take over NewBridge Project Gallery and Newcastle Makerspace for a day to explore the theme of ‘Decentralisation’ through collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Project topics that explore the theme in its broadest sense, will be proposed and lead by a tag-team of established artists, and facilitated by the local hosts, digital media artists Lalya Gaye and Victoria Bradbury of Attaya Projects. At the end of the day, the event will culminate in a public exhibition at NewBridge Project, as part of the opening of the Thinking Digital Conference 2014.

Thinking Digital Arts // Hack is a hands-on opportunity to think, make, and create with others in a high energy, highly collaborative and creative environment, using innovative methods, processes and technologies. The event is aimed primarily at creative practitioners with a background in digital art and design, programming, sculptural or performance practice, with the goal to come together and create tangible comments, explorations and interpretations of the theme of the event, ‘decentralisation’. We are looking for applications from hackers, artists, designers, programmers, thinkers and other creatives. Participants will be selected by the Thinking Digital Arts team and grouped into eclectic and interdisciplinary teams. Established invited artists will also take part, as well as delegates from the Thinking Digital Conference who are able to sign up for Arts // Hack among other available workshops.

By bringing together makers with a variety of skills sets, the Thinking Digital Arts // Hack will result in radical new work and a broadening of networks. Drawing on the diverse pool of talent present at the event, the resulting projects may include web, video, installations, design artefacts, visualisations, and generative pieces.

Participants should bring their own laptops and favourite software. All other materials and equipment will be provided, including digital and analogue fabrication equipment - 3D printers, Arduinos, soldering stations, woodshop, junk electronics, motors, conductive fabric, sewing machine, etc - and datasets from local cultural institutions to draw upon in generating work.

The workshop and exhibition will take place at NewBridge Project and Makerspace on New Bridge Street in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The event is in association with the Thinking Digital Conference 2014


To apply for Thinking Digital Arts // Hack, please send:

• 1 page CV
• 300 words expression of interest that includes the following:
- Who are you and what do you do?
- Why are interested in taking part?
- What kind of outcome are you expecting from the hack?
- What are your strengths? what skills can you contribute to a collaborative team?
• A link to your own work (this could be an artwork, object or toy depending on your interests – it just needs to show us the scope of your skills and imagination)

Applications should be sent by email to Lalya and Victoria at:, by the Thursday 20th February 2014, 23.59 GMT.

Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by 1st March and will be able to start discussing with other participants online prior to the event.

Participation is free of charge!

Registration to the event includes a free membership and access to Makerspace Newcastle for a period of one month. Free lunch will be provided to participants. Participants of the event may also purchase a Thinking Digital Conference ticket at the reduced rate of £99 (+ VAT) thanks to financial support provided by The Arts Council and University of Sunderland.

We are looking forward to your receiving your applications and to welcome you to Thinking Digital Arts // Hack!

Suzy O’Hara, Thinking Digital Arts
Herb Kim, Thinking Digital Conference
Lalya Gaye and Victoria Bradbury, Attaya Projects
Brian Degger, Makerspace Newcastle

Thinking Digital Arts, part of Thinking Digital Conference is grateful for the kind support of Arts Council England, University of Sunderland.

We would also like to thank our Thinking Digital Arts//Hack partners NewBridge Project and CRUMB.



Tue Oct 02, 2012 00:00 - Fri Oct 05, 2012

Budapest, Hungary

//Data Visualisations are new knowledge practices that aim to make complex information accessible through visual means and, discover new patterns and meanings in life.

//Whilst the data boom of recent years has brought huge amounts of unprocessed data, simultaneously more and more creative tools have emerged that make access to and working with digital data simpler.

//Bridging the arts, sciences and design, data visualisation has become one of the most prominent creative practices. With its origin in info-graphics and scientific visual analysis, this emerging crossdisciplinary territory presents us with new potentials that need to be tackled.

//Our aspiration is to accentuate the future facets of this rapidly evolving practice by bringing together creative communities and sharing inspiring ideas, new findings, critical theories and contemporary practices.

//Events and activities will create a diverse platform of knowledge exchange for artists, scientists and designer including symposiums, an exhibition, workshops, hacking events, demo talks and a concert.

(PS: posting this information on behalf of Dr Brigitta Zics, Culture Lab Newcastle)


Call for Applications - AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD), Digital Art

Fri Aug 24, 2012 23:59

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (PhD), Digital Art
Closing Date: 24th August 2012
Duration of the award: 3 year PhD
More information:

This collaborative doctoral project will be a partnership between FACT Liverpool and Newcastle University's Culture Lab, and provides a unique opportunity for an ambitious practitioner who can gain invaluable academic and real life experience that is new in its kind.

Project Title: 'Living Laboratories: Enhancing Audience Engagement through Making and Curating Digital Art'

This practice-based research focuses on the currently evolving questions of digital art works, their importance as cultural products, and their place in the institutional settings of the cultural sector in the age of information technology. This research project will critically engage with digital art production, participatory forms and practices, current schemes and models of curatorial (institutional models) and production spaces (labs) of digital artworks. It aims to bridge practices and methodologies between the fields of art practice, audience research and human-computer interaction (HCI). Research project might be linked to existing FACT initiatives as Media Facades; Connected Cities (Telepresence); Art, Content management and Personal Data; or Talent lab.


Dr Brigitta Zics, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
Prof Mike Stubbs, FACT Liverpool

CDA PhD Host Institutions

Culture Lab is a world class, interdisciplinary research facility with cutting-edge kit for carrying out research in areas of experimental media, digital interaction, film and video, design fabrication, cultural ecologies, and the digital humanities.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has been leading the UK video, film and new media arts scene for 20 years with groundbreaking exhibitions, education and research projects.


Candidates are advised to check the AHRC's guidance on eligibility for studentship awards which can be found on pp. 69-73:
The expected starting date is October 2012.

Person Specification

Candidates should hold a first degree at undergraduate level and a masters degree or have a proven track record of working continuously within industry or professional practice for a minimum of three years. The candidate might have a background in digital art & digital design, creativity and HCI or digital humanities. They would benefit from having understanding of curatorial practices, challenges of working in arts industry environment or applications of practice-based and HCI methodologies.

How to Apply

You must complete the University's postgraduate application form ( Select ‘PhD School of Arts and Culture (full time), Digital Media’ as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) but you must attach a copy of your CV and a covering letter, quoting the title of the studentship and reference number SAC12.

Further Information
For further details, please contact Dr Brigitta Zics:
Tel: +44 (0)191 246 4644


Call for Applications - M.A. in Creative Arts Practice, Culture Lab Newcastle, UK

Tue Jul 31, 2012 23:59

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

We are pleased to announce that Newcastle University's new M.A. (Master of Arts) in Creative Arts Practice is now open for applications!

One of the first transdisciplinary M.A. courses in the UK, this programme offers a unique combination of creative disciplines within a vibrant arts community and world-class research facilities.

Based at the University’s cutting-edge research hub Culture Lab Newcastle in the middle of the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, this innovative and flexible M.A. is a practice-based and transdisciplinary programme that focuses on emerging creative practices and creative entrepreneurship in the digital age. The aim of the programme is to train young professionals in critical thinking and provide them with cutting-edge skills that will help them respond to the requirements of the rapidly growing culture sector and creative industries.

The M.A. is targeting artists, designers, musicians, writers, computer scientists and practitioners who are interested in expending their work portfolio by applying novel approaches to creative disciplines through transdisciplinary practice, and in learning new technologies and skills. They will have the opportunity to explore a broad range of fields including film, music, creative writing, theatre, fine art, digital media and creative computing, in a creative and collaborative environment.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here:


Connected Communities - "United We Act" book publication

Thu May 31, 2012 15:05 - Thu May 31, 2012

The Creative Media Team at SiDE/Culture Lab Newcastle is pleased to announce the publication of a book entitled "United We Act: a Scoping Study and a Symposium on Connected Communities".

This book is a follow-up to a scoping study conducted within the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) programme "Connected Communities", and to an international symposium on the same topic which was held at Culture Lab last september and gathered an interdisciplinary group of artists, academics, practitioners and members of communities from across the world.
It contains the said scoping study, an extended bibliography and descriptions of the projects that were presented during the symposium.

The book is sold "at cost" and is currently available at:ëlle-bitton-and-andreia-cavaco-and-lalya-gaye-and-ben-jones/united-we-act-a-scoping-study-and-a-symposium-on-connected-communities/paperback/product-20122783.html
In a few weeks it will also be available on Amazon.

We hope you will enjoy reading it!